Critical Minerals Researcher

Help drive Australia's critical minerals revolution working in geoscience research that connects academia, government and industry.

This is a full-time, joint position between the South Australian Museum (years 1 and 2) and The University of Adelaide (years 3 and 4). The position is fixed term for four years, with the possibility of an extension.

This joint appointment is a crucial element of a developing capacity for critical minerals research in South Australia. We are seeking to appoint an accomplished Earth scientist to undertake research in mineralogy/geochemistry/economic geology and develop a research program with a focus on critical minerals ore systems and their exploration footprint. The incumbent with also be directly involved with the development and interpretation of The South Australian Museum's Earth sciences collections, and be involved with Museum exhibition and outreach/education activities.

The successful applicant will join the newly-established and growing Australian Critical Minerals Research Centre at The University of Adelaide, and have the opportunity to work closely with key industry, government and research partners in the critical minerals field.

Salary Range: $84,399 - $93,400 (AUS) p.a.

Key selection criteria:

  • Understanding of geology and mineralogy.
  • Postgraduate Research degree in geology/mineralogy
  • Ability to undertake and complete research projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, and to establish sound working relationships, with a range of people including peers, industry and academic leaders, researchers and community groups.
  • Capacity to prioritise and organise work to meet deadlines in delivering research outcomes.
  • Experience in organising and conducting Earth science?based fieldwork.
  • Research experience in mineralogy in relation to museum research objectives. (Desirable)
  • Experience in attracting external funding through research grants and/or consultancies. (Desirable)

Application Instructions:

All applications must be submitted online (see link below). Applicants to submit a covering letter addressing the selection criteria, together with a current Resume. Applications should include the name, email address and contact number of three current referees.

Applications close: 26/05/2022

For more information on the position see:

About the South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia's natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun for over 150 years through cutting edge research and excellence in public engagement. It is a place where families can learn and grow together and to appreciate the wonder and value of the natural world.

Today the Museum is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance. It is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research in a number of key biological, geological and humanities disciplines. The Museum houses some of the highest quality critical minerals specimens in the world.

About the University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

For enquiries or a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Associate Professor Carl Spandler
School of Physical Sciences, The University of Adelaide
Phone: +61 (8) 831 33870

Dr Steve Donnellan
Head of Research & Collections, South Australian Museum
Phone: 0466 462 500

posted: 04 May 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.